Oil Turns Lower On Expectations Of Crude Oil Inventory Rise


NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Crude oil futures fell on Tuesday as expectations that this week's reports will show U.S. crude inventories rose again countered supportive news of Libyan oilfields being shut.

Prices faltered after being lifted by news the Sarir and nearby oilfields in Libya were shut by a power cut, dealing another blow to exports from the embattled OPEC member.

Greece's euro zone partners approved Greece's reform plans, also lending support to oil, but the prospect of another build in U.S. oil inventories highlighted an over-supplied market and countered the supportive news.

"The supply dynamic will be reinforced by the inventory reports and the data are simply too compelling to ignore, and it has consistently undermined the recent rallies," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC.

Brent April crude fell 24 cents to settle at $58.66 a barrel, after reaching $60.30. U.S. April crude fell 17 cents to settle at $49.28, off a $50.33 intraday peak.

Ahead of Friday's March contract expirations, a squeeze on benchmark U.S. ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) futures eased on Tuesday.

March ULSD plunged more than 18 cents, sharply reducing its premium <HOc1-HOc2> to April ULSD.


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